July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Jul 28, 2011
Parental Controls IOS iPad;
I was at a friend's house last week and I was shocked when
he said "I really wish I could control what my kids do with their iPhones and
iPods". It was almost this helpless, "Oh
well" tone from him.
I personally have a policy with my kids and my home that I
don't buy any technology unless I feel like I can manage the use of the
technology and the kind of content arriving to the device. I must the the "meanest
dad in our whole neighborhood" according to my 10 year old.
Last winter when my daughter asked for an iPod touch for
Christmas my immediate reaction was, "sorry, I don't want you spending all day
watching youtube videos" and "I don't think having a mobile web browser in the
hand of a 10 year old all day is the best idea", and "when you are 10 there is
no need for a facebook account". Not to mention I wasn't thrilled about the
cost associated with "paying Santa" to bring an expensive Apple toy. "But the
cost is an entirely different blog topic"
I recognize that many parents have absolutely no issue with
this kind of thing, and many that read this might think that I am an "Internet Ogre" when it
comes micro managing what my kids do online. I would be happy to have a healthy
argument with anyone who thinks turning your children loose unsupervised online
is a good parenting practice but again, "an entirely different blog topic".
After my conversation with my friend, I realized that the
native parental controls in IOS might not be common knowledge to many parents. I want to share what I learned encase you are like my buddy and want to do something
to help protect and manage your kids use of their iPhone, iPod, iPad.
I won't provide a step by step "how to" here, but on Apple
IOS you can tap settings, then general, then restrictions. If you enable
restrictions you are prompted to lock the restrictions with a PIN, and after
setting up the PIN you can "lock" or "make disappear" many apps or option on the
device and set movies and music ratings for media that you feel might be
unacceptable for your child. For example: After setting up the restriction, I
changed YouTube option to no, and the icon in my apps list "magically"
disappeared on my daughters Ipod.
The list of things you can control via this console is
fairly impressive and includes things such as
When you start mixing and matching the features above and
then you remove unwanted applications from the device you can do the math and
see that a device can be relatively "locked down".
The available features vary and seem to get better with
the later versions of IOS, but some variation of these features is found in
most Apple devices. If you are interested in enabling these features I suggest
you update to the latest version that your device will support.
I recognize these features may not provide a perfect
solution for all ages and parenting styles, but it gave me what I needed, and
when Net Nanny Mobile for IOS comes out in the very near future, I might lighten
up some of these settings because I will be able to ensure my 10 year old will
be monitored and safe while online.
For those of you that this is "old hat" please share it
with your friends and family. I promise you know someone who has no idea these